The days of summer backyard/rooftop/terrace grilling is almost over, but luckily for some of us in the U.S., there’s Shake Shack.
The ShackBurger, a single or double 100% Angus beef cheeseburger ($4.60 for a single) topped with lettuce, tomato, and ShackSauce (a secret mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard blend) is a solid burger. Size-wise, it’s similar to an In-N-Out burger, but made with better meat, but also slightly blander. What can I say? I’m biased. I love In-N-Out. It’s those damn caramelized onions.
What I do love at Shake Shack though is the ‘Shroom Burger ($6.75), a burger consisting of deep-fried, panko-coated portobello mushroom caps stuffed with muenster and cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, and ShackSauce. Maybe it’s the fact that it’s fried…
or that it’s always exploding with lots of molten cheese, but I’m obsessed. It’s vegetarian, yes, but it’s also an umami bomb.
The Upper East Side Shake Shack is currently debuting fresh-cut fries, but I’m still a fan of the regular crinkle-cut fries ($2.70). Sure they’re previously frozen, but they never taste stale, and are always wonderfully crisp on the outside. Pro-Tip: Place an order of fries per person. The servings are small. Last time, I was so concerned about ordering my wine (Yes, Shake Shack serves wine! Beer too!), I only placed one order for our group of five and bore the wrath of my very grumpy brother. My bad. And if you care to know, even giving him the last fry didn’t appease him. More fries for everyone next time! At Shake Shack, there’s plenty of fries to go around all year long, as long you remember to order them.
215 Murray Street (b/n West St & North End Ave; map)
New York, NY 10282